CaseyLand: feelin' brand new!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

feelin' brand new!

brand new husband and wife...? so, kind of relates to the post?
Hey everyone! Would you take a look at my new space? I'm in love, I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it! I got it done by Brielle, and I just have to say she was amazing to work with, even when I made her try several different things. She was so patient and so creative, and I couldn't have asked for more! Everyone should get their designs done by Brielle, and that's that. Over and out.

Just kidding, of course I have more to say.

Anyway, getting a new blog design kind of makes me think about my blog and what I want from it, and all that jazz. I always get so conflicted by this, because I feel torn in so many different directions! I want people to love reading my blog, I want to connect with readers, I want to have new opportunities come from it, and I want to share stories from my life.

It seems like nowadays the only way to get your blog going is to write some sort of "10 ways to.." blog post (which by the way, I wrote one a while ago called 14 things I love about my husband blah blah blah which was actually not a list of 14 things, and now all the comments I get on that are spam comments about love potions and they just keep coming!!! HOW DO I STOP THEM!?). Anyway, I don't like "10 ways to..." blog posts. They feel impersonal to me. I read blogs because I love people. I am so fascinated by people's lives! I could read for days about your daily life and not get bored. I skim lists. I drink in every word of a personal story.

I want my blog to be personal. I want you to get to know me, and get excited about my newest post. You know, that feeling you get when you read someone's blog for the first time and you're like, I CANNOT STOP READING THIS! EVER! (just me? um..) I want you to get that feeling from mine! I don't know, whatever. I just want to make this a happy celebratory space, where I can laugh and cry and know that there are people out there who care. Isn't that what blogging is for?

Maybe I'm crazy.

What do you look for in a blog?

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  1. LOVE the new look! It's amazing!
    I'm totally with you on the whole personal blog thing. I love getting to know people through their blogs, and I hope that people feel the same about my blog. But at the same time, I LOVE WRITING LISTS. It's a bit of a crazy thing, but there we have it. I like to think - or rather I hope - that I have an all right mix of both. Even if people don't one or the other, I love writing anyway :)

  2. I couldn't agree more! If "XX Ways to ..." are the "thing" people are looking for blogs, oh well! I am not joining! Sure, I might do one occasionally, but I don't want it ALL the time. I think they do it because it is more "pinnable" and it probably is, but I am so over it!

  3. SAME SAME SAME SAME!!!!! I read blogs because I love the stories. I hate when people try so hard to get famous that they lose what I've always loved about their blogs :( I could not have written this post any better myself! Also, the new design is so cute! Also also I know you don't know me but I've been reading forever. Haha you're one of my favorites! :)

  4. I just started a personal blog and I am having a hard time getting personal. I think it is easy to think that other's don't care about the random thoughts I had about the dollar bins at Michael's, but I guess some folks do care. For now I seem to be archiving things that I like, but I would love to get more personal about blogging.